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  • Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator Six-Shot Revolver

    The title of most powerful handgun ever made arguably belongs to the Smith and Wesson Model 500 revolver.

     Updated: 7/29/2015; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©www.MilitaryFactory.com

    The Smith & Wesson Model 500 - Standard Compensator is touted as the most powerful handgun every built. The Model 500 was introduced in 2003 into the Smith & Wesson line of 'X-Frame' (Extra Large-framed) handguns.

    The Model 500 features a satin stainless steel finish, Sorbothane recoil-absorbing rubber grip, an adjustable rear sight and interchangeable front sight and fires the massive .50 caliber round. Smith & Wesson reports that the Model 500 is the most powerful handgun ever made.

    Smith & Wesson SW Model 500 - Standard Compensator Technical Specifications

    Service Year: 2003
    Type: Six-Shot Revolver
    National Origin: United States
    Manufacturer(s): Smith & Wesson - USA

    Design (Internal, Dimensions and Weights)

    Firing Action: Hammer with Rotating Cylinder; Double-Action
    Available Caliber(s): 12.7mm (.50 caliber)
    Ammunition Count / Feed: 5-Round Rotating Cylinder
    Overall Length: 381 mm (15.00 inches)
    Barrel Length: 213 mm (8.39 inches)
    Weight (Empty): 4.41 lb (2.00 kg)
    Sighting Assist: Iron


    Muzzle Velocity: 2,075 feet/sec (632 m/sec)
    Typical Range: 165 feet (50 meters; 55 yards)

    Global Operators / Customers

    United States

    Model Variants

    Model 500 - Base Series Name

    Model 460XVR - High muzzle velocity model

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